Saratoga Race Course Generates Record $815.5 Million Handle In 2021

Written By Mike Mazzeo on September 8, 2021

It was a record-breaking summer at Saratoga.

The Saratoga Race Course produced an all-time high $815.5 million in wagering handle during its 40-day summer meet.

The previous record was $705.3 million set in 2019.

The New York Racing Association made the announcement in a news release this week.

With Covid-19 restrictions lifted, fans flock to Saratoga

Saratoga Race Course went back over the 1 million mark.

The average attendance was 26,162.

Fans were not permitted last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The course had drawn over 1 million fans in five straight years before then.

The average daily handle was a record $20.4 million, the first time it has ever eclipsed the $20 million mark.

According to the release, nearly 1.1 million viewers tuned in to watch the Runhappy Travers on FOX. Essential Quality took home the victory.

“Thanks to the energy, enthusiasm and support of the best fans in horse racing, the 2021 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course has been a tremendous success,” NYRA president and CEO Dave O’Rourke said in the release.

“This has been a summer reunion like never before, and we’re especially pleased that the return of fans has translated into strong business for downtown Saratoga Springs and the entire Capital Region community. The summer meet at Saratoga is as strong as at any point in its storied history.”

Racinos still valuable for New York

New York’s racino racetracks posted a 2021-best $200.7 million net win in July. It followed that up with a $190 million net win in August.

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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN NewYork.com. He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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